27 August, 2013

discussion

Okay, so I ALWAYS read the Acknowledgements section at the back of each and every book that I finish.  I recently discovered that not everyone does this and I am just shocked at how few actually do.  I guess it shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does, because people read novels for the story, not to learn about the author I suppose.  But, reading the acknowledgements is just something I feel the need to do.

I’m not sure if it’s because I am an editor and editors are always listed and thanked in the Acknowledgements, which just gives me warm fuzzies.  I love hearing about how helpful an editor is to the author; so many authors just gush about their editors and the impact they had on the novel.  I love that.

Or maybe I read the Acknowledgements because I just respect the authors so damn much.  I really do!  I respect how much work and effort it takes to write such a story and I like to find out what the author has to say about the experience.  I like learning little tidbits about the author her/himself and anything she/he has to say at the completion of the novel.

I also feel like authors write the Acknowledgements for a reason.  It’s to thank people and things that helped or inspired them.  I think it would be a bit rude to enjoy a novel and not read about all the people who had a impact on it.  It wasn’t JUST the author, people!

What do you think?  I’m curious…do YOU read Acknowledgements?  Always, sometimes, or never?  And, most importantly, why??

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23 Responses to “Do You Read Acknowledgements?”

  1. It really depends for me – if a book was incredible and I’m not ready to be done reading it, then yes, that’s when I’ll normally continue on to the acknowledgements to see just who it is that helped craft such an awesome book… I’ll usually skim over it real quick in any book, but don’t really read through too often to be honest!

  2. I always read the acknowledgment, no matter if the book was good or not. I just love seeing who has inspired the author and who he/she looked to for advice or research. It really helps me to see what they did to make their book authentic and accurate as well, especially with historical fiction!

  3. If it’s a page in the book, I read it. Well, except for some of those Q&A when they get too preachy.

    BUT I love reading the acknowledgements. 🙂

  4. I usually at least skim the acknowledgements, but I never really thought about it being bad not to read them. I’ve always kind of thought of the acknowledgements as the credits at the end of the movie – everyone definitely needs to be acknowledged, but I don’t necessarily have to stick around to see all of them.

  5. I almost always read the acknowledgements. I enjoy reading the process the author went through, which are often there or there between the lines 😉

  6. It depends for me. I read them usually if it’s an author I know and have read other books of. For instance I always read John Green’s and Sarah Dessen’s.

    Sometimes I read them if I’m just not ready to stop reading yet, but sometimes I’m eager to get onto my next book so then I don’t read them.

  7. I do read the Acknowledgement pages. It is actually the ONLY thing I usually read at the end of the book. I don’t care about “bonus content” or anything like that, but I do like the acknowledgements. For me, it’s the one glimpse at the person behind the book and it’s fun to see who they list. It’s always fun to see the random nicknames or inside jokes that are int here. I don’t know why, I just always have to read it! Great discussion!

  8. No, I’m not really interested in who helped or inspired the author along the way. I’d rather read another book. If that makes me rude, so be it. *shrug*

  9. I think I always read the acknowledgements. It’s interesting to find out what or who inspired the author to write the book and their personality comes across in the acknowledgements too. Sometimes they also make special reference to other books that helped them or inspired them to write the book that we just read.

  10. The acknowledgements is the first thing I read in a book. When I’m in a book store and skimming books, I don’t base my decision off the first sentence, but rather the acknowledgments. I figured I was one of few people who read them, so I love hearing from others who do the same!

  11. I do actually read the acknowledgments page. Sometimes I just skim, but mostly do a full read. I love seeing who the author thanks. Often times silly bits and inside jokes are hidden in here that give a glimpse of the author and their personality.

  12. I almost never read the acknowledgements, mostly because it just doesn’t occur to me too. When reading a classic where there’s an intro, a history, etc and I’m in the habit of not just starting at page 1 I’m much more likely to notice that there’s an acknowledgement to read. Otherwise, I just dive right into the book 🙂

  13. I love reading the acknowledgements. It’s like getting a sneak peek into the author’s personal life. I learned David Levithan was Maggie Stiefvater’s editor by reading the acknowledgements. Worlds colliding! Also, if I really loved a book, reading the acknowledgements prolongs it.